Book Club : Successful Nonprofits

Discuss transformational books with authors and colleagues

Successful Nonprofits® Book Club

Discuss transformational books with authors and colleagues

Successful Nonprofits® Book Club

by Ro

TL:DR – We’re starting a book club exclusively for nonprofit Executive Directors & CEOs!

The Dawn of Our Book Club

Last year, a participant in my executive director coaching group noted that I often sent group members a book so we could discuss a chapter or two in the next session.

He found these books incredibly helpful and pitched the idea of starting the Successful Nonprofits® Book Club. Now, I love books, I love to read, and I love to think about big ideas. Starting a book club seemed like such a great fit, but I just did not have the bandwidth to pull off a book club last year. So, I put it on the calendar as a hope and a wish for this year.

I’m very excited to share that the successful nonprofit book club is launching, and our very first session will be on May 20th at 3 PM EDT. Over a 12 month period, we will read 10 transformational, impactful books and meet to discuss them. And these aren’t just any books these are the books that have helped me become a better leader, a better chief executive, and a better consultant.

Transformational Books to Make You an Even Stronger Leader

Everyone who knows me is aware that I give away a lot of books every year, and each title on our book club list is saved in my Amazon account for faster gift-giving. I’ve selected some of my most gifted books for our book club to read, and dozens of gift recipients have shared that these books have impacted their own nonprofit leadership journey.

These are transformational books that will generate big ideas to inform your leadership style, change your perspectives on strategy, and undoubtedly further strengthen your organization. Whether your organization is struggling to break past a plateau or enjoying extraordinary success, these books and discussions will make you an even better leader and your organization even stronger.

You’ll Get To Meet Authors!

 One of the things I love about hosting a podcast is getting to read a book and have a great conversation with the author. Since most readers don’t get this opportunity, we have actively sought book club authors who would agree to join us for the first 30 minutes of the 90 minute session. While every author won’t join us, 50% of the authors have already committed to a date!

Which Books Will We Read?

We have already confirmed five authors for the Book Club, and the list of those books is below:

    • May 20: The Thief In Your Company (author Tiffany Couch has confirmed)
    • June 17: The Schmuck In My Office (author Jody Foster has confirmed)
    • July 15: Imagination Machine (author Jack Fuller has confirmed)
    • August 19: Philanthropy Revolution (author Lisa Greer has confirmed)
    • TBD: Just Work by Kim Scott (also authored Radical Candor)

The remaining book club dates are August 19, October 21, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17, and April 21. The following transformational books are being considered for these dates, and we will prioritize those books whose authors agree to participate:

    • A New Way to Think by Roger L. Martin
    • Better Than Before by Gretchen Ruben
    • CEO Excellence by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra
    • Fundraising for Social Change by Kim Klein
    • Lean Impact by Ann Mei Chang and Eric Ries
    • Social Startup Success by Kathleen Kelly Janus
    • The CEO Next Door by Elena L. Botelho, Kim Powell & Tahl Raz
    • The Good Jobs Strategy by Zeynep Ton

Tell me about the meeting agenda.

Most of our 90-minute meetings will include a half hour conversation with the book’s author (please note not all authors will be able to join us) as well as time to discuss the book (and life) just among members. All meetings will be moderated by our principal consultant, and veteran Executive Director, Dolph Goldenburg.

We strongly encourage self-care. So please feel free to snack or step away for bio breaks. Meetings will begin and end on time but no worries if you’re a few minutes late.

How Do I Sign Up?

The Book Club is exclusively for nonprofit chief executives, and the registration is $1,800.  This includes the cost of all your books – we’ll order and ship them in your preferred format, print, e-reader, or audible (though some books aren’t available in audio). We also offer discounts for current clients, former clients, and CenterLink members. Please reach out to us if this describes your organization!

With a minimum of 8 participants, and a maximum of 12, this will be a unique experience to engage with our authors and executive directors throughout the country.

Sign up today by completing the form below by May 3, 2022. Once we get your registration, we will send an invoice and W9.

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